Project Redo {The Results}

First of all…Timm made it home safely.  He arrived yesterday afternoon and had a wonderful and productive trip to Sudan.  He is recovering from jet lag today, and we are glad to have him back home.  Thank you for your prayers.

Well, I sort of lost steam last week as evidenced by the complete lack of posts.  I felt like I was limping around just struggling to make it, and I had nothing extra to offer.  My vision for showing you every step of Project Redo and the transformation process around here quickly fizzled, and I’m sorry.  But I trust you understand.  And I’m hoping all the photos today will make up for it!  Are you ready?

I did not do a very good job of taking pictures before the changes.  So I went through some old photos and found a few shots that will sort of help you see where we started.  Let’s start in the dining room…

This is our dining room furniture before last week.  There are six chairs that match the table and four chairs that I bought separately.  Notice the different fabrics and finishes.

This is a close up of our chairs before.  Gross.

These are the chairs after.  WOW!!  The table and chairs were painted {by a professional} in Cobblestone by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.

Here is a bird’s eye view of the entire room.

I left the set of four chairs white {like the one in front of the window}, but I used the same fabric to upholster all ten chairs so they coordinated.

I.  Love.  It.

Are you wondering about the guazey white table drape?  Here’s the story.  My kids are great kids.  But they are messy eaters, especially the younger two.  I felt like I needed a layer between them and my newly painted table to keep it looking nicer longer.  I don’t like place mats.  The cloth kind just aren’t my style, and the plastic ones bug me the same way having toys in the living room bugs me.  I just don’t enjoy looking at them.  So my solution was to buy packs of flour sack dish cloths {$3.99 for a set of four at Target} and sew four together to form one big square that covers the area where the kids eat.  I made seven of these table drapes…one for each day of the week…and so far they are working like a charm.  At the end of the day I gather up the dirty one, spray the stains, and throw it in the wash.  Mission accomplished.  And as an added plus, I really like the way it looks.

Now, on to the living room…

This is the best “before” photo I could find.  And, really, half of this furniture isn’t even in our living room anymore.  I guess this is more like a before picture of our TV cabinet and the ivory chair in the corner {which has a huge rip in the seat which you probably can’t see in this shot}.  And it gives you a good indicator of the feel of our living room, which to me felt way too gold and tan.  My objective in the living room was to lighten and brighten this space as much as possible.

In our living room we also had a pair of these black and white chairs, which I like, but really didn’t match anything.

And now {drum roll} here is our Living Room after…

This is the ivory chair from the before photo above.  Rachel and I did the upholstery work with staples and hot-glue.  Whatever works, right?

These are the black and white chairs with new linen slipcovers.  You may call it a crooked hemline.  I call it character.

This is our TV cabinet painted {by us} in Bone Folder by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.  The new knobs are from Anthropologie.

This is a chair that was in our master bedroom, and originally it was peach.  I made the slipcover from a bed sheet I found at Target that I really liked.  The footstool is covered in blue velvet.

These are two of our dining room chairs that I put in the living room for visual interest and to have more seating available.  I like the way everything works together regardless of which room it is in.

My favorite part of the process was the day we made all the pillows.  Not only were they quick and easy, but they made everything pop.

And now, a Parade of Pillows…

I used the inserts from the pillows that came with our couch and sewed new covers for them.  The ones in the back are solid white with white floral details, and these are a light khaki paisley {that you can’t see until your are really up close} with a giant blue and white ticking flower.

This ruffle pillow used the same blue velvet that is on the footstool.

This one is my favorite.  Blue and white ticking with linen flowers in two shades of blue.  {You can also see the fabric behind it that we used on the ivory chair.}

The pillow on the left is made with the same fabric from the large white couch pillows, and the ruffle pillow is made from muslin.

Isn’t this white fabric pretty?  It made for very fun pillows!

I know this isn’t a pillow, but I had to show you.  These are strips of hymns {from a hymnal} cut into strips, and then curled with scissors.  These were used as packaging in one of my Mother’s Day gift, but I thought they were too pretty to throw away…so I put them in a bowl for decoration.

The most rewarding part about Project Redo has been executing jobs that I have been wanting to do for a very long time.  Some of this furniture has been with us for ten years just waiting for me to put into action the vision I had when we got it.  I was so thankful for the opportunity to focus and get a whole slew of things accomplished.  I also did little things like replace the photos in our big frames in the living room.  According to the old photographs we only have two children.  It took me a few years to correct that situation, but we’re good now.  All four children are accounted for on our walls.

What do you think?  Any of you itching for your own Project Redo?  You can do it!!  Let me know if you have questions about any of the details or projects…I’d love to talk more about it!

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  4. I am always so impressed with little details that make big impacts. The curly hymnal page strips and pillows are so sweet and complete the setting. Y’all did an amazing job!

  5. Wendy says:

    love the ruffled pillows…and all the FLOWERS! so pretty ;-) What a great way to take your mind off the stress of Timm being gone, and get a new look in the process. Brava to you and Rachel!

  6. Sarah wolfe says:

    So impressed. Really. Amazing that you did all that!! And it looks great.

  7. Krista says:

    It’s all beautiful! I thought it was lovely before but I LOVE IT!!

  8. Sarah says:

    My brain hurts from looking at all you accomplished. I’m not sure HOW you managed all that in just 10 days. I really like the white dining room chairs and all the pillows. Those ruffle pillows are super cute. “You may call it a crooked hemline. I call it character.” Lots of my stuff has character then!

    • katherine says:

      Keep in mind…there were two of us working, cutting, sewing, staying up past midnight. I did not do any of this by myself! And our house was a WRECK…I’m talking stuff everywhere…the clean up was as big a project as the pillows! I could not have done this if Timm had been in town. It’s like we lived in a reality warp for a week or so to keep us all from realizing he was gone.

  9. Rachelle says:

    Love your pillows. I have been wanting to do something to our living room to give it more oomph. Husband is averse to change.

  10. Andrea Johnson says:

    You and Rachel did a beautiful job!! I’m amazed!! I love the white and gray-blue. I don’t know how you pull everything together so well! You have great vision! The pillows are beautiful and fresh! Lovely. Lovely.

    So glad Timm is home safely. Look forward to hearing about his trip.

  11. Kelly Breedlove says:

    I love it!!! Your pillows look SO HAPPY!!! You did a fabulous job!!!!

  12. Sandra Sasser says:

    GREAT job! Glad to know Timm is home safely. We wanted to call but knew he wanted to be with the family. Love to all…

  13. Tamara Martin says:

    Way to Go!!! on two things – making it through Meester Teem’s (Mr. Timm’s, with an accent) trip and completing project Redo! So proud of you for jumping in! Things look great :) p.s. i must have somehow missed the dates you were coming to visit… HAHA! plan it!

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